Captivating and Creative Names for Male Dogs

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The best boy dog names have that feel good factor. But it can be challenging to come up with original ideas for your new puppy. And to get your family members to agree!  

Why not get everyone in  your household to write their favorite names down on a piece of paper, and stick it to your refrigerator.

Each day, you can take it in turns to strike out the least popular puppy name. You will quickly narrow your shortlist down to a boy dog name you all adore!

Good guy dog names don’t have to be traditionally masculine. We’ll show you how to find inspiration for awesome and unique male dog names in some unlikely places. 

There’s something in our themed name lists for everyone. Got your pen and paper ready? Let’s choose the perfect male puppy name for your new friend.

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Top Male Dog Names

These are the boy animal names that are trending right now and include some great American boy names too!

  • Max (greatest)
  • Bear
  • Toby (God is good)
  • Lucky
  • Cooper (barrel maker)
  • Teddy
  • Loki (God of mischief)
  • Rocky
  • Finn (fair)
  • Wagner (wagon driver)
  • Bruno (brown)
  • Buddy (friend)
  • Duke (leader)
  • Zeus (God of sky)
  • Jasper (treasurer)
  • Ziggy
  • Milo (soldier)
  • Ollie
  • Bailey (steward)
  • Jack (god is gracious)
  • Oscar (champion warrior)
  • Gizmo
  • Thor (god of thunder)
  • Ozzy
  • Harley
  • Winston (joyful stone)
  • Ace (leader)
  • Murphy (warrior of the sea)
  • Blu
  • Blue
  • Arlo (fortified hill)
  • Brody (protector)
  • Leo (lion)
  • Henry (house ruler)
  • Tank
  • Griffin (mythical beast)
  • Buster (tough guy)
  • Comet
  • Bruiser
  • Bruce (woods)
  • Cash
  • Baxter (baker)
  • Cosmo
  • Diesel
  • Banjo
  • Gunner
  • Jax

The right dog name for your gorgeous boy puppy is out there. Names are so much more than a way to get your boy dog to come when you call. Dog names establish identities, and help your dog to find a special place in your family.

Staying on Trend

Do you like to capture the zeitgeist , or would you prefer your puppy name to have stood the test of time? These dog names for boys have topped male pet names lists for years:

  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Cooper
  • Jack
  • Rocky
  • Bear
  • Duke
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Jake
  • Oliver
  • Teddy
  • Harley
  • Riley
  • Cody
  • Lucky

Boy’s Names for Dogs

Your perfect dog name could come from a classic boys’ names . 

There’s a trend towards giving our dogs human names.  It’s a logical progression from thinking of your pet as part of your family. 

You are saying that in your heart, your dog has the same status as other people. So here are more names for boy dogs that are human names too: 

  • Thomas (twin)
  • Caleb (bold, brave)
  • Lucas (bringer of light)
  • Jackson (son of Jack)
  • Wyatt (brave warrior)
  • Gabriel (God is my strength)
  • Carter
  • Asher (happy)
  • Dylan (son of the sea)
  • Cliff
  • Ron (mountain of strength)
  • Monty

Uncommon Boy Names for Male Dogs

Your hobbies and your interests can provide a flash of inspiration, or check this off-the-wall list to find creative boy dog names for your new puppy.

  • Turner (woodworker)
  • Cedric (kindly)
  • Seamus (supplanter)
  • Gilbert (bright promise)
  • Harris (son of Harry)
  • Lyle (the island)
  • Reuben (behold a son)
  • Heath
  • Alistair (defender of the people)
  • Douglas (black river)

We had some nice human male dog names in our Dog Name Survey, too. Here were some of our favorites:

  • Keanu (cool breeze)
  • Benedict (blessed)
  • Jonah (dove)
  • Clive (slope)
  • Victor (winner)

No One Else Like Your Dog

These one of a kind dog names won’t be found anywhere else on your street!

  • Zyron
  • Hurricane
  • Odin
  • Corvus
  • Inchyra
  • Stirling
  • Lulworth
  • Hobbs
  • Auster
  • Fisher
  • Moss
  • Ash

Place Names for Male Dogs

One way to find cute boy puppy names is to pick a theme you like and see where it leads you. I’ve come up with this list by thinking of American places and landmarks:

  • Smoky
  • Rio
  • Elias
  • Sanford
  • Huron
  • Tahoe
  • Kennedy
  • Rockefeller
  • Bryce
  • Cimarron (This could be reckless, since cimarrón is Spanish for “wild” or “untamed”!)
  • Cartwright
  • Zoar (Cartwright and Zoar are both small settlements in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)

Cute Boy Dog Names

Will your dog be the baby of the family even when he’s fully grown? Here are some cute boy dog names for your eternally adorable puppy.

  • Angel
  • Beau
  • Prince
  • Babe
  • Jesse
  • Bodhi
  • Blue
  • Zebedee
  • Neo (Neo means both “new” in Greek and “gift” in Tswana – how perfect?)
  • Fuzz
  • Cupid

Cool Dog Names Male Dogs Will Love

Is your dog going to be a legend in his own time? Obviously what’s cool is a matter of taste and perception, and I’m not saying that I’m an authority on what definitely is cool. But I might be.

  • Ace
  • Maverick
  • Ryker
  • Bix
  • Frank
  • Cash
  • Toro
  • Bogart
  • Dylan
  • Jet
  • Orion
  • Loki

There were some seriously ice cold names in our Dog Name Survey, as well. Try these on for size:

  • Astro
  • Yeti
  • Nitro
  • Bohdi
  • Cowboy
  • Knight

Cute Dog Names for Boys

There seems to be a trend at the moment for naming animals after other animals. Have you read the A Cat Called Mouse story books, and Rhino the hamster in the Disney film Bolt? Whether you rate it or hate it, here are some more suggestions that might work for your new male dog:

  • Wolf
  • Tiger
  • Raven
  • Bear
  • Lynx
  • Puma
  • Fox
  • Sparrow
  • Buffalo (or just Buff!)
  • Gopher

Who’s A Good Boy!

Do you have a hunch that your dog will be a loyal, reliable and upstanding member of the canine community? Honor his noble side with one of these good male pet names:

  • Noah
  • Lincoln
  • Theodore
  • Sam
  • Joe
  • Captain
  • Norman
  • Benjamin
  • Seth
  • George
  • Pops

Unusual Male Dog Names

An unusual name will help your pup stand out in the park, and be a great ice-breaker when you’re doing that all-important socializing:

  • Beckett
  • Bayer
  • Darwin
  • Huxley
  • Logan
  • Falstaff
  • Womble
  • Sunny
  • Tanner

Here are some great male dog names that only came up once in our names survey.

  • Farmer
  • Mojo
  • Bullseye
  • Cheeto
  • Bungee
  • Biggie
  • Rocket

Size Matters

Was your pup the biggest in the litter? Or are you renaming a rescue dog who’s already head and shoulders above his friends? These names all call great size to mind:

  • Titus
  • Groot (as well as a Marvel hero, groot is the Dutch word for “large” although the Dutch pronunciation is tricky! )
  • Hercules
  • Jupiter
  • Montaro (Japanese name meaning “big boy”)
  • Orson (Latin name meaning “bear”)
  • Odin
  • Berg (berg means “mountain” in several Germanic languages)
  • Tan
  • Redwood
  • Everest
  • Elbrus (Mount Elbrus is the tallest mountain in Russia and Europe)

That’s just a taster of course! We have three hundred and fifty more big dog name ideas just waiting for you!

Your Little Puppy

Is your puppy more mini than max? 

These boy dog names celebrate the smaller end of the scale. After all, the best things come in little parcels. 

  • Pebble
  • Bean
  • Peagreen (from The Borrowers)
  • Frodo (from The Lord of the Rings)
  • Atom
  • Kerwin (Gaelic name meaning ‘little black one’)
  • Beetle
  • Nugget
  • Acorn

Inspired by Greatness

Some dogs are born great, and others have greatness thrust upon them. Recognize their nobility with one of these strong male dog names:

Male Dog Names
  • William (I can hardly paraphrase his words without including Shakespeare’s name!)
  • Armstrong
  • Endeavor
  • Sirius
  • Nelson
  • Majesty
  • Augustus
  • Maximus
  • Hero
  • Arkin
  • Zeus

Dog Names From Nature

  • Storm
  • Willow
  • Tarragon
  • Rocky
  • River
  • Buck
  • Pebble
  • Ranger
  • Bramble
  • Bracken
  • Star

Naming Your Dog After A Celebrity?

Some of our favorite famous dogs and male dog characters include:

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  • Marley (From Marley and Me, Marley was a yellow Labrador Retriever)
  • Brian (From Family Guy, Brian Griffin is a white Labrador Retriever)
  • Vincent (the Labrador Retriever in the TV series Lost)
  • Pal (Did you know that Lassie was almost invariably played by male dogs, because they were a better scale next to children? Pal was the first)
  • Ghost
  • Grey Wind
  • Shaggydog (Ghost, Grey Wind and Shaggydog are direwolves in Game of Thrones)
  • Zuma (A chocolate Labrador, and grossly underused member of kids’ favorite, PAW Patrol)
  • Bolt (Of the eponymous Disney film)

Our Dog Name Survey through up some other famous names, too. Although these weren’t originally used on dogs….

  • Chewbacca
  • Yoda
  • Wicket
  • Bagheera
  • Baloo
  • Starsky

Alphabetical Boy Dog Names

A quick scan of the alphabet can help you to find the name of your dreams. Retro male names and popular modern names for boys both have their benefits. You want to choose one that is short and easy to say. Remember, good names don’t sound like your dog’s commands.


  • Alfie (wise)
  • Archie (brave)
  • Albie (noble)
  • Arthur (bear)
  • Atlas (enduring)
  • Austin (majestic)
  • Alyus (noble)
  • Allan (handsome)
  • Axel (father of peace)
  • Anton (priceless)
  • Anders (manly)
  • Adam (earth)


  • Bernie (strong)
  • Boris (battle)
  • Brad (broad)
  • Barney (defender)
  • Brandon (prince)
  • Benny (blessed)
  • Bryn (hill)
  • Bobby (bright)
  • Byron (barn)
  • Bentley (meadow)


  • Charlie (free man)
  • Chester (camp of soldiers)
  • Casper (treasurer)
  • Clyde (friedly)
  • Callum (dove)
  • Chad (protector)
  • Carlo (free man)
  • Colt (young horse)
  • Clayton (settler on clay soil)
  • Claude (lame)


  • Derek(gifted ruler)
  • Dave (beloved)
  • Danny (god is my judge)
  • Donny (mighty)
  • Dexter (right handed)
  • Declan (man of prayer)
  • Damian (subdue)
  • Dom (lord)
  • Drake (dragon)
  • Dustin (Thor’s stone)
  • Dante (enduring)


  • Ezra (helper)
  • Ellias (lord is my god)
  • Elliot (lord is my god)
  • Every (all)
  • Emmett (universal)
  • Eamon (wealthy protector)
  • Euan (born of the yew)
  • Evan (god is good)
  • Ethan (strong)
  • Eric (ruler)
  • Elon (oak tree)
  • Edgar (spear)


  • Freddy (ruler)
  • Faron (handsome servant)
  • Flint (hard stone)
  • Finn (fair)
  • Flynn (red haired)
  • Forde (river crossing)
  • Fanon (scarf)
  • Forrest (of the woods)
  • Finnick (marshland farm)
  • Farley (fern clearing)
  • Frankie (free)


  • Garrick (kingly spear)
  • Greg (vigilant)
  • Gil (joyful)
  • Griff (prince)
  • Garret (strong spear)
  • Gabe (hero of god)
  • Greyson (son of steward)
  • George (farmer)
  • Gordon (great hill)
  • Gildroy (son of a red-head)
  • Gerald (spear ruler)
  • Guy (guide)


  • Harry (home ruler)
  • Henry (home ruler)
  • Hank (home ruler)
  • Hovis (strength of man)
  • Hamish (supplanter)
  • Higgins (viking)
  • Howie (noble watchman)
  • Horace (timekeeper)
  • Hugh (soul)
  • Hudson (son of Hudd)
  • Herb (army)


  • Izak (laughter)
  • Idris (lord)
  • Idriz (to learn)
  • Ian (god is gracious)
  • Io (princess)
  • Ivan (god is gracious)
  • Irwin (boar friend)
  • Isco (pioneer)


  • Jules (youthful)
  • Jerry (spear)
  • Jordon (descend)
  • Jed (beloved of god)
  • Junior (younger)
  • Jake (supplanter)
  • Jeb (beloved friend)
  • Jimmy (supplanter)
  • Jeff (pledge)
  • Jarod (descent)
  • Justin (righteous)


  • Kerry (dark)
  • Kamil (perfect)
  • Kaden (battle)
  • Kevin (handsome)
  • Keith (woodland)
  • Kane (warrior)
  • Kit (pure)
  • Kyle (narrow)
  • Karl (free man)
  • Kory (hollow)


  • Leroy (king)
  • Lemmie (belonging to god)
  • Lenon (lover)
  • Lawrence (laurel)
  • Larry (crowned with laurel)
  • Lee (pasture)
  • Les (holly garden)
  • Levi (joined)
  • Lincoln (lake or pool)
  • Lenny (brave as lion)
  • Lex (defender of men)


  • Manny (god is with us)
  • Mickey (like god)
  • Morris (of the marsh)
  • Milton (town with a mill)
  • Matt (gift of god)
  • Mateo (gift of god)
  • Marshal (steward)
  • Marcus (warlike)
  • Miles (soldier)
  • Mica (who is like god)
  • Maddox (fortunate)


  • Norris (northerner)
  • Norm (northerner)
  • Ned (wealthy guardian)
  • Nicky (victory)
  • Niels (victory)
  • Nate (gift of god)
  • Norbet (bright north)
  • Noah (rest)
  • Newt (small salamander)
  • Niles (champion)
  • November (month)
  • Nathan (gift from god)


  • Otto (wealth)
  • Oakley (oak tree meadow)
  • Owen (noble)
  • Obie (servant of god)
  • Orion (heaven’s light)
  • Ozwell (reserved)
  • Oberon (royal bear)
  • Orson (bear cub)
  • Ovi (sheep)


  • Petey (rock)
  • Prince (royalty)
  • Patrick (nobleman)
  • Predrag (very beloved)
  • Pauley (humble)
  • Patton (fighter’s town)
  • Paddy (nobleman)
  • Parker (park keeper)
  • Paxton (peaceful town)
  • Perry (pear tree)
  • Pat (nobleman)


  • Quentin (fifth)
  • Quirrell (spear)
  • Quince (applelike fruit)
  • Quin (counsel)
  • Quill (scribe)


  • Robby (bright fame)
  • Rich (strong)
  • Reggie (king)
  • Ralph (wolf counsel)
  • Ricky (powerful)
  • Randell (wolf’s sheild)
  • Renn (reborn)
  • Ryker (ruler)
  • Rowan (red-head)
  • Riggs (from the ridge)
  • Roger (warrior)
  • Romeo (Roman)


  • Sammy (god has heard)
  • Sandy (protector)
  • Seth (placed)
  • Simba (lion)
  • Sage (wisdom)
  • Scotty (from Scotland)
  • Stewie (steward)
  • Stevie (crown)
  • Silus (of the forest)
  • Sirius (burning)
  • Sherlock (fair)
  • Shaun (god is gracious)


  • Teddy (gift from god)
  • Terry (power of the tribe)
  • Tanner (leather maker)
  • Timmy (god’s honor)
  • Tommy (twin)
  • Trevor (homestead)
  • Tate (cheerful)
  • Tristin (sorrowful)
  • Theo (gift from god)


  • Ulrick (noble)
  • Uno (free)
  • Ulysses (wrathful)
  • Urwin (sea)
  • Uzziah (the lord is mighty)


  • Vin (conquer)
  • Vinny (conquer)
  • Vincent (conquer)
  • Vernon (alder grove)
  • Vern (alder grove)
  • Vic (champion)
  • Vaughn (little)
  • Vito (life)


  • Will (resolute protector)
  • Whisky (water of life)
  • Winchester (English town)
  • Wade (ford)
  • Wes (western meadow)
  • Wesley (western meadow)
  • Wilbur (brilliant)
  • Wilf (desiring peace)
  • Warde (guard)
  • Wendell (wanderer)


  • Zeke (god stengthens)
  • Zach (lord remembers)
  • Zeno (gift of zeus)
  • Zeo (fervent)
  • Zachary (lord remembers)
  • Zaden (divinity)

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